Viking Shield

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Project by Jarrett posted 02-27-2017 01:17 AM 1383 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lady contacted me and asked for a Viking shield for her 13 year old son. I had no idea where to start, but luck grabbed hold for once. Finally had a reason to use some rawhide I had cured a few years ago.

Don’t tell anyone, but the authenticity of the shield went out the window when I joined the 1/2” ash with dominos. The difficult part was dishing the shield boss. I split quite a few while trying to perfect the boss.
Favorite part of the build was utilizing tractor implement hardware and old horse saddle hardware (that I found in the dirt when I took down a barn) to make up the shoulder strap.
Ash wood
Metal strapping
Copper rivets
Vegetable tanned wrapped leather handle and shoulder strap.
Deer rawhide edge

-- Jarrett

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#1 posted 02-27-2017 05:51 AM

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#2 posted 02-27-2017 02:01 PM

Too cool buddy. That must have been one fun project to design and work out. One of those you only get to do when someone else needs it. I know there’s a 13 year-old somewhere that’s gonna be tickled pink!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 02-27-2017 02:10 PM

Are you kidding me, this is awesome

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 04:14 PM

This old Viking love it.
Domino was that not a Viking thing?
Fine build, fine shield.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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